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Welcome to Alta ...

Alta is located in Peoria County<1>.

The location of Alta has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

The pronunciation of Alta: AL-tah<3>

While we don't have a date for the founding of Alta, you might get a feel for it by knowing that during our research the earliest mention that we found (so far) was in a book dated 1895.

Alta is 750 feet [229 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Alta lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Alta is within the boundaries of the (309) area code.

Communities Also Named Alta ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 21 communities that are also named Alta - they are located in Alabama, California (2), Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (3), Kentucky, Montana (2), North Dakota, Ohio (2), Tennessee, Utah (2), West Virginia (2) and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Alta.

Communities near Alta ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Alta.

  • Peoria
    (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
  • Pekin
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the south)
  • East Peoria
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)
    • East Peoria is located in Tazewell County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 22,344 people
    • Former name for East Peoria:
    • Hilton
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Peoria
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on East Peoria
  • Washington
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
  • Morton
    (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Bartonville
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
  • Chillicothe
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the northeast)
  • Peoria Heights
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southeast)
  • Eureka
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Eureka have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Eureka is located in Woodford County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,232 people
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Eureka
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Eureka
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Eureka <5>
  • Creve Coeur
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
    • Creve Coeur is located in Tazewell County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 5,109 people
    • Former name for Creve Coeur:
    • Wesley City
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Creve Coeur
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Creve Coeur
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Creve Coeur <5>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Alta. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Alta.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Alta. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Alta.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Alta. See our Newspapers Page for Alta.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Alta ...

Looking for more information about Alta? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Alta, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Alta.

Adding Alta to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Alta in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Alta was in the book titled Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Alta.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Alta. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Peoria, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Alta. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Alta - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.




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